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William Mitchell, Wilton CPA and Sailor, Dies at 71

WILTON, Conn. — William "Bill" J. Mitchell, 71, of Wilton, died March 18 after a nine-year battle with cancer.

A member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mitchell was a certified public accountant and a sailor.

Son of Gertrude Sampson and Frederick Mitchell, he was born in Bridgeport on Sep. 13, 1940. Mitchell worked at Newday Communications on Water Street since its founding.

Mitchell held a captain's license and was a member of Singles Under Sail. He also held a membership with the Rotary Club.

He is survived by Terry; his daughters Kelly Mitchell Phillips and husband Hugh of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jennifer Blake of Charlotte, N.C., and husband Scott; sister Joyce DePalma; brother Fred Mitchell; and a grandson and three nieces.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Rochelle, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwalk Hospital, Whittingham Cancer Center, Attn: Dr. Richard Frank, 24 Stevens St., Norwalk, CT 06850.

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